Cervical Cancer Screening, Jade Goody and the interface between health care policy and the media

The sad news reported today of the death of Jade Goody from cervical cancer has been widely reported.

A number of British Media sites have covered the news which has made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, and also in Asia.

Jade Goody, who died in the early hours of March 22nd, 2009 of cervical cancer

Whilst some of the reporting has been at times in questionable taste (Source: Guardian Unlimited) it has reinforced the issue of media influences on public awareness of screening programmes. Its widely been reported in the British press of the increase in uptake of cervical cancer screening in many age groups.

Its sparked debate amongst the Medical Community, read the comments on the BMJ website here.

Other News Outlets have covered the story.

Read from the BBC here

The Telegraph here

The Guardian here

The Washington Post Here

Reuters (UK) Here

The Times of India in the days leading up to her death here

Whilst the debate will continue regarding the life and death of Jade Goody, the influences on health care policy and public opinion should not be underestimated.  It’s 4 days ago the Press Association and the BBC reported on the petition to cut the age of cervical cancer screening to 18 in the United Kingdom.

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